In honour of Gisele Bündchen’s two-decade long career in the fashion industry, Taschen is set to release a limited edition $700 coffee-table book in November.
One thousand signed copies of the Gisele Bündchen anthology will feature more than 300 photographs of the supermodel, including her legendary nude portrait by Irving Penn.
The mom-of-two, who is married to American football quarterback Tom Brady, created the book in collaboration with Giovanni Bianco. Tributes from her friends and family members will accompany some of the photos, explaining how Gisele, 35, became one of the greatest models of all time. Brazil’s most famous export retired from the runway in April of this year.
According to a list published by Forbes last week, Gisele is the world’s highest-paid model of 2015 with a total income of almost $44 million – making this the ninth consecutive year she has topped the list.
She comfortably beat Cara Delevingne and Adriana Lima, who tied in second place with $9 million.
Born in the Brazilian countryside, Gisele hailed from humble roots. The statuesque beauty, who was nearly six feet tall by the age of 14, made her breakthrough at 18 when she featured in Alexander McQueen’s Rain show. The designer praised "The Body" for her ability to walk in towering heels on a slippery runway.
The same year, Gisele secured her first British Vogue cover, and swiftly became the most in-demand cover girl of her generation. She has since appeared on more than 1,000 covers around the globe, in approximately 450 fashion shows, and in multinational campaigns for the biggest fashion and beauty brands.